Behind the Scenes Series: The Long Road of Finding My Craft

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and a very motivating Monday to keep you going through the week!

So, if you read last week’s Behind the Scene’s you already know today’s topic! You know that I have gone from A&K Gift Gallery to A.D.Designs to A&K Gift Gallery to Own Something Awesome. So, A&K Gift Gallery has actually survived through all of this, but it’s kind of just a whatever shop.

One-of-a-Kind by A.D.Designs. This was my pride and joy. I LOVED that I could take a bag of wool and a barbed needle and create a little piece of fiber art. I will say, SOOOO much time went into some of these sculptures, but I was always proud of my work. This was the business I had going for me when I left the insurance agency.

Needle Felted Bear Trio

Needle Felted Bear Trio

Scotty the Scottish Terrier

Scotty the Scottish Terrier

What happened? Well, when I became pregnant with my first son, the motion of poking the needle into the wool really fast made me way too nauseous. I was very lucky and had barely any morning sickness, but needle-felting was completely out of the question. Even after the first trimester passed the motion still made me sick. So, currently all of my supplies resides in totes that are stored away. I never brought them out of storage because I didn’t want the kids to somehow find a barbed needle and hurt themselves with it (because I swear, no matter how hard I try to keep things away, they still find things!) It was more a peace-of-mind conclusion. One day, when they’re both older, I hope to needle felt again though, because I found it to be a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Continue reading

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Feature Friday – The Family Feature!

So for this week, we are taking a break from Finding the Undiscovered – but no worries, we will continue on through the rest on November with them. 🙂

This week I wanted to share all the different shops my family has on Etsy. I come from a family that’s all pretty creative, and all have a bit of entrepreneurial blood in them. My family has been my inspiration through all of this, and was gave me the idea of starting my own business in the first place. I always knew I wanted to do something business-related ever since I think about the 3rd grade, I just never knew what. Then my senior year in high school I wanted to be an accountant, and that’s what sparked the idea of being my own boss. Well, after my first year taking classes, I then decided I wanted to go a completely different route and re-find my creative side. Where better to look for inspiration than from family who was already doing what I was dreaming of one day doing? Then, just this past year, I finally was able to recruit my husband into the world of Etsy as well! He’s always supported me with my business endeavors, but it was really exciting when he decided to join the Etsy world too and now we can stay up talking about different business related things, ways to improve, and what we would like to do with our shops in the future. Anyways, that’s just a little background. Here are the shops and a little bit about each of them!

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It’s National Hug A Bear Day!

So, I’ve just stumbled upon this news – today (November 7th) is Hug A Bear Day! Now, I’m not going to go out and look for a live bear to hug… but I found some adorable bears online!

The orange and blue bear are still available in All4Blythe‘s Etsy Shop!

And I absolutely love this Crocheted Koala Bear in NicolesCritters‘ shop! Koala’s are my favorite bear! 🙂

We’ve all seen the Sock Monkeys, but what about the Sock Bear?? theRemakerie makes a range of perfect, plump little sock creatures with their own little sweaters!

And of course, what’s Hug A Bear day without the classic teddy bear? Check out this lovely Handmade Classic Light Brown Teddy Bear from FifiStitch!

Happy National Hug A Bear Day!